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TUESDAY EDITION: I believe Joe- K1JEK and select crew are going to HRO in Salem, NH for lunch on Thursday, always a good group and no excessive ID'ing and they actually talk about ham radio stuff!....No Yoga allowed in Alabama schools.....I heard a group of Canadians on 3650 running USB late last night, what is with that?.....A bit of a rough landing....Thirty of the most impressive Navy ships....Twenty meters isn't all that bad, I grabbed a few countries on cw yesterday for kicks...NASA preparing for ‘colossal God of Chaos’ rock to arrive in next 10 years...

Special Presentation from Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH

This is the problem, we are mostly a lot of elderly hams and we are not attracting young hams in to our hobby. The ARRL
is trying to attract younger hams thru presentations at ham fests but we need to help!

The clubhouse was at full capacity, and we were treated to an excellent and interesting presentation by Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH on the ARRL’s recently-launched Volunteer Monitors (VM) program. Hollingsworth is overseeing the development and implementation of this program, which will replace the Official Observers (OO) program.

He reported that they have had an excellent response from well-qualified volunteers to man the program and assured club members that our geographic area would be well represented. He feels the ability of the amateur radio community to keep its own operating standards high will ensure a long and healthy relationship with the FCC. His years as ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director dealing with Amateur Radio enforcement for the FCC makes him highly qualified for this position.

In addressing the future of Amateur Radio, he said that even though the number of enthusiasts is not shrinking dramatically, the demographics are definitely changing towards an older average age. His biggest concern is that those of us in our retirement years are not replacing ourselves with young hams who understand the full scope of what they can do with their amateur radio license. He encourages clubs everywhere to look for ways to engage our young people and to tap into the interest in STEM education by reaching out to local schools and youth programs. link

Photo tour of the Huntsville Hamfest

The Huntsville Hamfest (https://hamfest.org/) was an amazing event--I understand the attendance on Saturday may have broken a few records.

Huntsville is the third largest hamfest in North America and is housed in the excellent Von Braun Center in the heart of Huntsville Alabama.

This was our first year attending the Huntsville Hamfest and we published photo galleries for both the flea market sections and the vendors/clubs on the SWLing Post.

Click here to view the flea market photos:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/08/2019-huntsville-hamfest-photos-flea-market/

Click here to view the vendor/club photos:
https://swling.com/blog/2019/08/2019-huntsville-hamfest-photos-vendors-clubs-and-organizations/

Department of Defense Message Prompts Listeners to Take WWV/WWVH Survey

ARRL

Through Saturday, August 24, WWV and WWVH will transmit a US Department of Defense (DOD) message in conjunction with the COMEX 19-3 interoperability exercise in Tennessee. The broadcast also urges listeners to complete a survey on WWV/WWVH listenership and listening habits. The messages are broadcast on WWV at 10 minutes past the hour and on WWVH at 50 minutes past the hour. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 MHz.

In addition to asking for the name, email address, and location of those completing the “WWV/WWVH Reception Report,” the survey seeks information on which station (i.e., WWV or WWVH) was heard, the frequency, the transmitted audio quality, whether the information was relevant or useful, how often the respondent monitors WWV/WWVH broadcasts, whether the respondent uses a clock or other device that synchronizes with the low-frequency (60 kHz) WWVB time transmissions, and any other information the respondent would consider useful to hear on WWV/WWVH broadcasts.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — part of the US Department of Commerce — is using the information gathered to determine “how often their stations are monitored and how the various timing signals and messages are used by the listeners,” Chief of US Army MARS Paul English, WD8DBY, said on the US Army MARS Facebook page. “As the saying goes, ‘every vote counts,’ and your input to this survey is being used to help demonstrate the importance of these stations.” Listeners may file multiple reception reports, and anyone may complete the survey.

Earlier this year, the Defense Department began making use of the provisional time slots on WWV and WWVH to announce upcoming HF military communication exercises and to explain how the Amateur Radio community can become involved in them. Use of the time slots has corresponded with Department of Defense communication exercises (COMEX); COMEX 19-3 takes place this month. The announcements will resume during COMEX 19-4 in October

Following a proof of concept this year, DOD anticipates making use of the WWV/WWVH broadcast time slot full time, all year.

Concern arose in 2018 after WWV and WWVH were included on a list of proposed cuts in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for NIST.

 

Anyone know what kind of carbs on that engine?

W/VE Island QSO Party

The 2019 W/VE Island QSO Party is this coming weekend.

1200z 24 August – 0300z 25 August 2019. 15 Hours.

The rules are here: https://usislands.org/qso-party-rules/

NASA TV coverage of uncrewed Soyuz mission to Space Station

An uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft is set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:38 p.m. EDT (8:38 a.m. Aug. 22 Baikonur time) on a test flight to validate the spacecraft’s compatibility with a revamped Soyuz booster rocket. The booster will be used to transport crews to the International Space Station beginning in spring 2020.


The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a test flight Aug. 21 on a Soyuz 2.1a booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan - Credits: Roscosmos

Live coverage of the launch, docking and undocking of the spacecraft will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft will lift off from Site 31 at the Cosmodrome on a Soyuz 2.1a booster, which has been used recently to launch uncrewed Russian Progress cargo resupply missions to the space station.

Two days later, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 a.m., the Soyuz will navigate to an automated docking on the station’s space-facing Poisk module.

The Soyuz 2.1a booster, equipped with a new digital flight control system and upgraded engines, is replacing the Soyuz FG booster that has been used for decades to launch crews into space. The Soyuz spacecraft will have an upgraded motion control and navigation system, as well as a revamped descent control system.

Instead of crew members, the Soyuz will carry 1,450 pounds of cargo to the Expedition 60 crew currently residing on the orbital outpost.

After a two-week stay at the station, the Soyuz will be commanded to undock from the station on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2:13 p.m.

TV coverage of the launch, docking, and undocking activities is as follows (all times EDT):

Wednesday, Aug. 21:

  • 11:15 p.m. – Soyuz MS-14 launch coverage (launch at 11:38 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 24:

  • 12:45 a.m. – Docking coverage (docking scheduled for 1:30 a.m.)

Friday, Sept. 6:

  • 1:45 p.m. – Undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 2:13 p.m.)

The uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 will be deorbited for a parachute-assisted landing in south-central Kazakhstan at 5:35 p.m. on Sept. 6 (3:35 a.m. Kazakhstan time on Sept. 7), where Russian personnel will be standing by to recover the spacecraft for postflight analysis. NASA TV will not provide live coverage of landing. The mission’s completion will be reported on social media and the agency’s website.

Check out the full NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

WWV Centennial Committee Prepares for Trial Run of WW0WWV Special Event

ARRL

The WWV Centennial Committee reports that it will conduct a trial run of special event station WW0WWV over the August 24 – 25 weekend. Radios and antennas began arriving last week, and a tower and beam will be erected, along with several vertical antennas. WW0WWV will be set up adjacent to the WWV transmitter site in Fort Collins, Colorado. WWV turns 100 years old on October 1.

“We’ll be testing band and notch filtering, in an attempt to reign in the extreme RF environment created by WWV and WWVB,” said Dave Swartz, W0DAS, of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC). The club will carry out the special event operation in conjunction with the WWV Amateur Radio Club and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which operates WWV/WWVH/WWVB. The special event site is within 1/3 of a mile of all six WWV transmitters and the 50 kW WWVB transmitter. “On-air tests will start Saturday afternoon, August 24, and run through Sunday, August 25,” Swartz said, adding that organizers will post specific times and frequencies on the WWV Centennial Committee website.

The WWV Centennial special event is set to run from September 28 through October 2, and round-the-clock operation will take place on CW, SSB, and digital modes. Operations will shift among HF bands following typical propagation and will include 160 meters as well as satellites (SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92) and 6-meter meteor scatter. Up to four stations will be on the air for routine operations. A fifth station will schedule contacts with schools, universities, and museums, as well as conducting unscheduled contacts. The additional station will periodically broadcast an AM carrier from a radio locked with WWV’s 10 MHz signal

“At this point we have filled our operator’s slots and met equipment goals, but we need more financial resources to cover basic operating expenses, return shipping, and site logistics,” Swartz said. Members of the Amateur Radio industry have contributed equipment, including radios, amplifiers, and antennas.

NIST has announced that it will not be able to open the doors of WWV to the public for the event. “Due to a number of reasons, the scope of the formal celebration will be limited to only 100 invited participants,” the WWV Centennial Committee announced. “WW0WWV will be the main public event for the centennial celebration.”

MONDAY EDITION: It's going to be a hot week on the island of Cape Ann. Two more weeks and the pesky tourists will be gone with their screaming kids and our population goes from 20k to 6k, traffic jams gone, the damn divers go away, life goes back to normal....Everything you wanted to know about CB radio but were afraid to ask....

On this date in 1937, the first FM radio station in the US, Boston's W1XOJ (later WGTR, now
 WAAF), was granted its construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission.

Amateur Radio Is There When All Else Fails

Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) reports on the vital role played by radio amateurs when disaster strikes

Our communications systems may seem robust, but past disasters have shown this isn’t the case. Amateur radio groups around the country, and even in the State of Jefferson, are there to fill the gaps.

Robb Mayberry is with the Office of Emergency Services in California. He says that California works with amateur radio groups frequently, most recently during the Ridgecrest earthquake in July.

The Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or JC ARES, practices their radio skills weekly to prepare for the next time disaster strikes. The group’s Steve Bosbach KW5V says lots of people get involved with amateur radio for the fun of it, but end up finding ways to help their community.

Listen to a recording of the broadcast and read the full story at
https://www.ijpr.org/post/amateur-radio-there-when-all-else-fails

Ideas sought for the next FUNcube satellite...more space junk

In November the FUNcube-1 CubeSat will have been in orbit for 6 years and the FUNcube team are now soliciting suggestions for the next satellite

The team are looking for suggestions for:
• Confirmation of the satellite (2U / 3U)
• Orbit (LEO / MEO)
• STEM Outreach
• Amateur Radio Payloads
• Research Payloads

ICQPodcast - Long Island CW Club

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Ruth Willet KM4LAO and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature;

News stories include: -
• Radio Spectrum Management Traces an Activated Unregistered Personal Locator Beacon
• The Internet’s Impact on International Radio
• Australia: WIA board comment
• AMSAT member wins Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award
• First UK 288 GHz CW Contact
• FT8 Digital Mode Club 2nd Anniversary
• BARTG GB60ATG Special Event
• 146MHz band Gets Extra Year

The ICQPodcast can be downloaded from http://www.icqpodcast.com

Handy chart but it doesn't include my favorite- LMR 400

Altrincham Wireless Society 2QV

In the second of his mini documentary series Lewis M3HHY covers the history of the Altrincham Wireless Society 2QV

Watch Altrincham's Forgotten Wireless Society - Tales From The Airwaves Episode 2

Cuba DX Group celebration

The Cuba DX Group will be celebrating its 39th anniversary with special activity on September 1st.

It will be 39 years since a small group of Cuban DXers in Havana founded the Grupo DX de Cuba and marked with it, a before and after in the history of Cuban amateur radio.

For this reason, the GDXC will grant the certificate "Aniversario 39"
to those who manage to work a certain number of members of the group during the month of September. The categories of the certificate will be Gold, for those who contact 20 stations of the total valid, Silver for those who do it with 15 and Bronze for those who work 10. All contacts will be valid regardless of band or mode.

The GDXC's members valid for the certificate are the following:
CM2XN, CM3EFM, CM6ARD, CM7OK, CO2JD, CO2KL, CO2RQ, CO2YQ, CO3JN, CO3LT, CO5LB, CO6HZ CO6OV, CO6RD, CO7JC, CO8BYT, CO8CY, CO8MGY, CO8NDZ, CO8OH, CO8RBD, CO8SC, CO8ZZ, CP6CL, DK1WI, EA5BB, HA3JH, HC1DAZ, HK3TK, JH1AJT, KP4SX, KV2H, OH2TA, OZ1IKY, WB2REM, W7HU and XE1KK.

Good news for diploma collectors is that this will also be a great opportunity to obtain the "Grupo DX" diploma. For any clarification and to send the logs with the certificate requests use the following address
will be used: gdxc@frcuba.cu
To the delivery of the certificate, other activities will be added that will schedule the representations in each subsidiary, such as exhibitions, conversations, conferences and demonstrations of operational practices during contests and pileups management.

The Grupo DX de Cuba brings together the majority of Cuban DXers and
80 individuals from more than 20 countries. To be part of it, you only need to have 100 or more confirmed DXCC entities.

Extended information can be found at the following sites:
https://www.frcuba.cu/filiales-grupos/grupo-dx.html
http://xavian2016.cubava.cu/page/2/?s=gdxc
http://xavian2016.cubava.cu/2016/06/09/redescubriendo-el-nacimiento-del-grupo-dx-de-cuba-gdxc-2/
https://m.facebook.com/Grupo-DX-de-Cuba-673195439448184/?ref=Footer

WEEKEND EDITION: Beautiful boating day here, made it all away around the island in just 2 hours.....some of us old farts remember this event......Everything you need to know about underwear, I bet the hams at most ham radio flea markets could beat this average.....One tough lady.........

World's first FT8 contact on 122 GHz

The ARRL reports Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz

The distance spanned during the August 11 contact was 92.08 kilometers (approximately 57.1 miles). Signals were –17 dB on one end, and –20 dB on the other.

Earlier this summer, VK4FB and VK4CSD claimed a new Australian record for an SSB contact on 122 GHz — 69.6 kilometers (approximately 43.15 miles).

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/australian-radio-amateur-reports-first-ft8-contact-on-122-ghz

The spectacular end of Longijang-2 moon mission

The last commands to Longijang-2 Moon Orbiting Satellite were sent from the from OM Reinhard, DK5LA, during a thunderstorm with lightning strikes nearby his antennas before the satellite crashed on to the moon surface!!

https://rumrejsen20nu.com/2019/08/10/the-crash-of-a-chinese-moon-earth-photographer/

Karsten HS0ZIL

Amazon Forest operation

Daniel 'JD', IK2SGL, and his XYL have moved to a location in the Amazon Forest, Peru.

They are international volunteers in a world-wide education program which contacst and helps the indigenous people of the region: the Awajun people.

JD is active as OA9DVK mostly on Mondays on 160-6 meters using a Kenwood 480SAT and a Yaesu FT891 into an Inverted L antenna for 160/80/40 meters and a 40/20 meters dipole.

He has very little time for radio, but he enjoys contacting people all over the world and practicing his Italian, English, Spanish, Tagalog, Shipibo and now Awajun.
He adds, "The area 9 of Peru is pretty rare. At the moment I have no news of other hams active in the area. So if you need this prefix, just look for me aroung 2200 UTC on 20 meters.
I also have a twitter channel where I usually tweet when I am on air if internet is available."

He currently does not have paper QSL cards, and can only QSL via QRZ, LoTW or eQSL.
For more details, see his QRZ.com page

FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding

An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called “small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satellite Service frequencies.

“These comments address topics outside the scope of this proceeding, and we decline to adopt any of the requested rule modifications or updates at this time,” the FCC said in the R&O. The FCC did mention amateur satellites in its 2018 NPRM, explaining what they are and describing the documentation and authorization process, but it did not solicit comments.

“The Commission did not seek comment in the NPRM on any modifications or updates to the rules governing Experimental or amateur satellite licensing. The streamlined Part 25 small satellite process adopted in the Order is an alternative to existing license processes and does not replace or modify the authorization procedures for satellites currently contained in Parts 5, 25, or 97 of the Commission’s rules,” the FCC explained. “Nevertheless, we received a number of comments in response to the NPRM, particularly regarding the rules applicable to amateur satellite operations, suggesting that aspects of those rules be improved or clarified.”

In its 2018 NPRM, the FCC had said, “Because the type of operations that qualify as amateur [is] narrowly defined, an amateur satellite authorization will not be appropriate for many small satellite operations.”

In its 2018 comments, ARRL said it wanted the FCC to preclude exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules and suggested that the FCC adopt a “a bright line test” to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur Satellite rules.

ARRL’s position was to support and encourage college and university Amateur Radio experiments where the sponsor of the experiment is a licensed radio amateur and all operation in amateur spectrum is compliant with Part 97. Part 5 Experimental authorizations for satellites intended to operate in amateur allocations by non-amateur sponsors should be discouraged, absent a compelling show of need, ARRL told the FCC.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) announced in 2017 that it would no longer coordinate non-amateur satellite operations unless directed to do so by the national administration, and it adopted new satellite frequency coordination guidelines that require educational and university satellites to have an identified amateur component. AMSAT’s comments reflected many of the same concerns that ARRL had expressed. — Thanks to Ray Soifer, W2RS, for his assistance. 

FCC Staff Recommends Designating 988 as National Suicide, Mental Health Crisis Hotline

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and its Office of Economics and Analytics have sent a report to Congress that recommends that the Commission considers designating 988 as a three-digit emergency code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The report, mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, finds that such a three-digit number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.”

The report examines the feasibility of using various three-digit numbers and finds that 988 could be implemented more easily and quickly than repurposing an existing #11 code such as 511 or 611. The 988 code is a recommendation at this point and not active.

Suicide prevention assistance is available today through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, via 800-273-8255 (TALK). This national network of 163 crisis centers is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Calls to the lifeline are routed from anywhere in the US to the closest certified crisis center. In 2018, trained lifeline counselors answered more than 2.2 million calls and handled more than 100,000 online chats.

“Crisis call centers have been shown to save lives,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “This report recommends using a three-digit number to make it easier to access the critical suicide prevention and mental health services these call centers provide.”

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2181 for Friday August 16th, 2019

NEW HAMS IN INDIA PROVIDE BIG ASSIST IN FLOODS

JIM/ANCHOR: Our top story this week reports on the deployment of amateur radio operators to assist with communications in one flood-ravaged part of India for the first time. Ham radio operators are helping relief workers in North Karnataka's (Karna-TAKKA's) Belagavi district, something hams have not previously been deployed to do in this flood-ravaged area, according to the city's Indian Institute of Hams. Their radio communication has been based out of a variety of vehicles including a mobile control station inside an SUV. News reports noted that 50 of the hams had been trained earlier in the month for just this kind of intervention during a mock disaster drill and that these are relatively new hams as the local postal department only started its amateur radio club last year.

SILENT KEY: RADIOWAVE PROPAGATION EXPERT LES BARCLAY G3HTF

JIM/ANCHOR: An influential amateur radio operator, educator and engineering expert in the global arena has become a Silent Key. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us more.

JEREMY: Officers of the International Telecommunication Union and hams worldwide are grieving the loss of an influential amateur who shared his valuable expertise in radio propagation throughout his long career. Les Barclay, G3HTF, of Chelmsford, England, became a Silent Key on the 31st of July.

Les was credited with key input that shaped technical discussions at World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, leading to the international secondary allocation for amateurs on 60 metres. Former ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price N4QX called his expertise in ionospheric propagation invaluable and much-sought-after.

He was given the ITU's Silver Medal in 1993 for chairing the first Radiocommunication Assembly. He was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a recipient of numerous honours including the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1994 for his work in radiocommunication, the Polar Medal for Antarctic propagation research, and the IGY Gold Award in 2007. He was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.

Les Barclay was 85.

NEW DETAILS EMERGE AFTER N.H. TOWER ACCIDENT

JIM/ANCHOR: More details have emerged following the tower accident that claimed the life of one ham and injured another late last month in New Hampshire. Paul Braun WD9GCO has that update.

PAUL: As Newsline reported last month, a 40-foot tower collapsed on July 27th, taking the life of Joe Areyzaga (Array-SAGGA) K1JGA and seriously injured Mike Rancourt K1EEE as the two worked to take the tower down at Mike's QTH. It was a used tower that had only been installed three years ago. An update posted on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club discussion board and written by Mark Pride K1RX, adds the following new details.

Mark wrote that the general reason given for the collapse of the Rohn tower was corrosion at the junction of the hinged base short legs, where one leg had been previously repaired but not with galvanized material. Mark wrote that the structure had become weakened and the first point of failure was that leg. When the guy wires were removed from their anchor points - a necessary action to remove the top section - the tower became free-standing. Both climbers were 35 feet high, wearing safety belts, when the base failed. He wrote: {quote} "Subsequent movement by climbers at the top of the unguyedtower led to breakage at the base." {endquote}

He said that normally all hardware associated with the hinge plate are galvanized to protect gainst the elements. Water or ground contaminants had collected in gaps under the plate, contributing to the corrosion of the previously repaired short leg.

Mark suggested the following safety procedure: attach a set of additional guy wires at either the 10 feet or 20 feet level prior to any work on the tower to further stabilize the base and reduce stress on the legs. He named this procedure in honor of Joe K1JGA, the Silent Key.

NETHERLANDS CAMPGROUND PREPARES FOR YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR

JIM/ANCHOR: What's better than summer camp? How about winter camp? It's even better with ham radio, as John Williams VK4JJW tells us.

JOHN: If you're a young radio operator - or even a prospective radio operator - it's not too early to start thinking about spending part of your winter in the Netherlands. Winter-YOTA, a sub-regional Youngsters On the Air Event, will open its radio camp on Thursday the 12th of December at a full-service forest campground near Oosterhout {pronounced OO-ster-OWT). Campers will enjoy a full agenda of radio activities as well as camping activities until Sunday, December 15th.

The date coincides with December being declared again as YOTA Month, when young amateurs around the world will be on the air using call signs with the suffix Y-O-T-A. The winter campers themselves will be using the call sign PA6YOTA.

It's important to note that the camp is open to prospective hams as well as licensed hams. Newcomers to the hobby - and young people who hope to get their license - all are welcome. The only requirement is that campers be between the ages of 16 and 25 and belong to one of the member societies of the IARU. If you have questions, send an email to winteryota at ham dash yota dot com (winteryota@ham-yota.com)

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter will arrive before you know it! That's when those of us Down Under can start enjoying warmer temperatures again.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION CELEBRATES 'HARVEY HOUSES'

JIM/ANCHOR: Get ready for a special event that has an extra dose of ham radio hospitality - because it celebrates a part of American history steeped in providing a warm welcome to travelers as far back as the late 1800s. Jack Parker W8ISH has details.

JACK: Organizers of a special event known as Harvey Houses on the Air are expecting this year's activation to be twice as good as last year's. Seven stations called QR Zed for this event in 2018 but this year, you can double that amount: As many as 15 are expected to get in on the action. The sponsoring organization in New Mexico, the Valencia County Amateur Radio Association KC5OUR, says the special event happening on September 14th is as much about ham radio as it is about hospitality. The Harvey Houses being celebrated by the hams were rest stops built in the late 19th century along railroad routes in the western United States. New Mexico had 13 such restaurants and hotels; Texas had 16. The last ones to close operated until the 1960s. While this is not a contest, hams who contact 25 percent of the listed stations can get a PDF of a certificate. Contacts are not being verified against logs so organizers are relying on the honor system -- and yes, the sponsoring club in New Mexico will be among those activating. Be listening for the call sign KC5OUR and visit qsl dot net slash v-c-a-r-a {qsl.net/vcara} for details.

NO CONTEST: CONTESTER MAKES GENEROUS GIFT TO FOUNDATION

JIM/ANCHOR: There seems to be no limit to the spirit of giving that can be found in the ham radio community. Heather Embee KB3TZD shares an example.

HEATHER: Delaware amateur Chick Allen NW3Y devotes himself to contesting at his QTH in this mid-Atlantic State as well as his QTH in the New England state of Vermont. Chick notes on his QR Zed page that he's devoted to CW operation, a member of the Frankford Radio Club and sends and receives paper QSL cards. He is also devoted to the future of amateur radio and recently made that known through a donation of $25,000 to the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, a nonprofit organization that cultivates skillful contesting and other radio activities. Chick noted that he hoped his gift would be used to train and encourage the youngest hams among us to pursue creative contesting and carry the hobby into the future.

WINLINK OPERATION HELPS MAKE 'CITADEL RUMBLE' A SUCCESS

JIM/ANCHOR: What happens when hams team up with the military in a communications exercise that envisions a major earthquake? Andy Morrison K9AWM tells us.

ANDY: Seven San Diego area hams using Winlink were part of the United States Navy's recent preparedness exercise known as Citadel Rumble 2019. The two-day earthquake response and recovery exercise at Navy Medicine West in San Diego was designed to sharpen the Navy's ability to respond to disaster by following established response plans. With the help of seven San Diego area Winlink operators, Navy Medicine West checked in with Naval Hospital Bremerton Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. The seven operators who volunteered to participate were identified on the discussion group Winlink for EmComm as Rob Freeburn K6RJF, Bob Younger AI6KU, Patrick Gooden K6PFG, Gary Asbury N6GLS, Mike Bradbury N2DDS, Rhonda Bradbury KK6KTM and Bill Honaker N9LZ.

Rob noted in a posting to the discussion group that the RF operations went smoothly. He wrote: {quote} We operated four Winlink stations simultaneously (three VHF and one HF) with minimum mutual interference. This was the second year that we participated in Citadel Rumble with the Navy Medical focus being an earthquake scenario north of Seattle affecting a Naval Air Station." {endquote}

HAM RADIO BANNED AT POPULAR AUSTRIAN AIR SHOW

JIM/ANCHOR: Families visiting a popular Austrian air show will get to see plenty of planes and pilots -- but no amateur radio. Ed Durrant DD5LP explains.

ED: Airpower 19, Austria's popular showcase of talented air squadrons and solo pilots at Hinterstoisser military airfield near Zeltweg in the province of Styria, will not be a showcase for amateur radio. The family event on September 6th and 7th, organized by the Austrian Federal Armed Forces, has forbidden the use - and even the presence - of amateur radio equipment.

Mobile phones are being permitted, according to an announcement by the Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie in Vienna. A statement recently released from their offices notes that any unauthorized radio equipment discovered on the military property will be taken away temporarily by the military.

SISTERHOOD AND TEAMWORK LIGHT UP CZECH REPUBLIC CONTEST STATION

JIM/ANCHOR: Take thirteen YLs, a powerhouse of a contest station and the spirit of sisterhood and what have you got? Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT tells us.

CARYN: More than 8400 QSOs later, Eva HB9FPM is feeling pretty proud of the 13 YLs from six European and one North American country, who operated special event station OL88YL. The activation from the 2nd to the 7th of August was a celebration of sisterhood and radio teamwork. Eva told Newsline that although last August found the YLs on DXpedition to France's Noirmoutier Island as TM64YL, this year's venue was Eva's country of birth, the Czech Republic. Though not a DXpedition, it turned out to be quite an adventure too: The home QTH was the big contest station OK5Z which has five rigs and an impressive array of antennas including a vertical, a halfsquare and monoband Yagis. YLs were also operated elsewhere under the summits on the air program as OL88YL/P. As Eva told Newsline in an email: {quote} "As a YL usually you don't have the chance to play too much with the radios." {endquote} They did play plenty, however, and the final tally included 6,470 contacts on SSB, 872 on CW and 1,076 on digital. At Newsline production time, more than 592 hams had downloaded the OL88YL award certificate.

NEW LIST RELEASED FOR DXCC'S MOST WANTED

JIM/ANCHOR: In case you've been wondering about the DXCC Most Wanted entities, Bouvet Island remains in the Number Two spot, with the top spot going to North Korea. In the third and fourth spots, respectively, are Crozet Island and Scarborough Reef. The fifth spot went to the San Felix Islands. The list was updated on ClubLog as of the 29th of July and no changes have been reported. There are 340 entities in all

WORLD OF DX

In the World of DX, listen for Thor DK7RD, Paul G4PVM and Col MM0NDX as they activate Europe's 5th most wanted IOTA, Shiant Isles between August 23rd and 25th. They'll be using the call sign MS-ZERO-INT and will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. Send QSLs to M-ZERO-SDV.

Operators Da YO3GA, Mircea YO4GKP, Alina YO9RYJ, Petrica YO9RIJ and a number of others will be using the call sign YP ZERO F from Fericirii Island between August 27th and September 1st. Be listening on 160-10 metres where they will be using CW, SSB and FT8. Send QSLs to YO9RIJ.

The Royal Amateur Radio Association of Morocco is active using the special event callsign 5E6A for their National Celebration until September 29th. QSL direct to EA7FTR.

Listen for Michele, IW7EGQ, using the call sign SV8/IW7EGQ from Zakinthos in Greece between the 20th and 28th of August. QSL via EM ZERO OH EX OH's (M0OXO's) OQRS.

KICKER: 'QSL QUILT' GIVES BLANKET COVERAGE

JIM/ANCHOR: What's better than a QSL card? Try 50 QSL cards, all combined into a unique quilt. Kevin Trotman N5PRE tells us about this one-of-a-kind creation.

KEVIN: Margie Spangenberg KK4AGN has been taking comfort in good old fashioned QSL cards since she started receiving them in 2011 as a new ham -- but there's another time-honored symbol of comfort Margie also loves - quilts. With the help of a talented relative she was able to combine those two worlds last year. In a symbol of perfect unity, all 50 United States are represented in the replica QSL cards stitched together by a beloved aunt into something Margie calls her QSL quilt. There are squares stitched together representing the special event station she contacted in Utah, her 13 Colonies contact from Delaware and the Marconi station in Wellfleet Massachusetts. That's just for starters. The images of each card were transferred by inkjet printer to cotton fabric and with Margie's aunt working diligently, the quilt was QRV in less than four weeks. Since then she's been taking the quilt on tour to hamfests - most recently to the big one this month in Huntsville, Alabama - and she's even visited a couple of quilting clubs.

A QSL quilt like this is the perfect example of what our hobby is all about - stitching together far-away places and far-away friends - acknowledging ham radio's role in the real fabric of our lives.

THURSDAY EDITION: Another day in paradise, starting the day here at 61 degrees at 545am....Windows 10 warning....

Dayton Hamvention Radio Club of the Year to Hold Ham Bootcamp at New England Convention....this should be fun...

The Nashua (New Hampshire) Area Radio Society (NARS) will conduct a free Ham Bootcamp at the ARRL New England Division Convention next month to encourage and assist new and inexperienced radio amateurs in becoming more active and engaged in the various facets of ham radio. NARS, the Dayton Hamvention® Club of the Year for 2019, operated a guest exhibit for ARRL at this year’s show. It will also sponsor a Ham Expo for Young People at the New England Division Convention, with hands-on activities, videos, and displays about Amateur Radio and wireless communication.

The newly renamed HamXposition — formerly known as “Boxboro” — is hosting the ARRL New England Division Convention September 6 – 8 in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Exhibits will open on Saturday and Sunday.

The NARS Ham Bootcamp will cover a broad range of activities. The club describes the event as “a package of hands-on activities designed to help recently licensed and upgraded hams to get on the air and have fun.” The Bootcamp is also aimed at prospective hams interested in seeing what Amateur Radio has to offer. It will include Technician, General, and combined tracks. One featured activity will be a guided tour of the vendor and exhibit area at HamXposition to introduce participants to some of the equipment that’s available. Some of the topics covered will include:

  • How to make a contact and join a repeater net
  • Putting together an HF station
  • Radio, antenna, and feed line choice
  • Getting started with FT8 and digital modes
  • Exchanging QSL cards
  • Learning Morse code
  • Tips on upgrading
  • Introduction to ham radio kit building
  • Handheld radio programming tutorials

The Ham Bootcamp will take place at HamXposition on Saturday, September 7, from 9 AM to noon. Maximum enrollment is 100, first come, first served.

ARRL Board Pledges to Oppose French Proposal for 2 Meters

At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors resolved that “at the appropriate time” ARRL will oppose a proposal by France to include 144 – 146 MHz among spectrum to study for non-safety Aeronautical Mobile Service applications with an eye toward sharing the spectrum with the Amateur Services. The action came as the Board met July 19 – 20 in Windsor, Connecticut for its second meeting of 2019. The Board pointed out that 144 – 146 MHz is allocated globally to the Amateur Service on a primary basis and enjoys widespread use for emergency communication. It also pointed to the investment by radio amateurs of money and effort to build repeaters, beacons, space infrastructure, and propagation research systems that have global reach. The AMSAT and ARISS communities would be severely affected as many spacecraft use 2 meters to facilitate communication, the Board noted.

ARRL International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB, recommended continuing to monitor the proposal. If it is added as an agenda item for study for WRC 2023, the Board should consider action, he advised.

Digital Communication Issues

The Board instructed Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ, to take appropriate steps to obtain FCC approval for several changes to the Part 97 Amateur Radio Service rules. The requested changes stemmed from discussions regarding the interference potential of automatically controlled digital stations (ACDS); the prohibition of Amateur Radio message traffic that’s encoded to obscure its meaning, and false assertions that ARRL — despite its record of steadfast opposition — supports or encourages encrypted transmissions. The Board directed that the FCC be asked to make rule changes that would:

♦ Remove the current 300 baud rate limitation, subject to the conditions requested by the ARRL.

♦ Authorize all automatically controlled digital (data) stations (ACDS) below 30 MHz, regardless of occupied bandwidth, to operate only within the ACDS bands designated in §97.221(b) of the Amateur Service rules.

♦ Require all digital mode stations operating with a bandwidth greater than 500 Hz to operate within the ACDS bands, whether or not these stations are automatically controlled.

♦ Limit the maximum bandwidth of digital mode signals below 29 MHz to 2.8 kHz.

♦ Reiterate to the FCC that ARRL’s position is unchanged from that expressed in ARRL’s 2013 comments on a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11699) filed by Don Rolph, AB1PH. Those comments specifically addressed encryption of messages and made clear that such messages generally are prohibited in Amateur communications by §97.113 of the FCC rules and by Article 25, §2 of the International Radio Regulations and should remain prohibited.

The Board also wants to request that the FCC remind radio amateurs “by whatever appropriate means available” of the current prohibition in §97.113(a)(4) and Article 25, §2 of the International Radio Regulations against transmitting “messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning.”

ARRL-initiated mediation efforts for rival parties to reach consensus on all or some of the issues they raised in the so-called “Symbol Rate” proceeding ended a few days prior to the July Board meeting with useful discussion but no agreement among those parties on recommendations to the FCC.

Other Actions

The Board tasked its Administration and Finance (A&F) Committee to assess the feasibility of a Research Working Group (RWG) and, if warranted, to establish one. The group would help the Board and ARRL management to better gauge trends, collect more accurate membership information, and more closely track the progress of programs. The Board suggested that the RWG be led by a statistical coordinator appointed by the President. ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would chair the RWG. The A&F Committee will report back to the full Board at its January 2020 meeting.

Upon the recommendation of the Programs and Services Committee, the Board directed that the rules for all ARRL contests be revised to require that each claimed contact include contemporaneous direct initiation by the operator on both sides of the contact. Contact initiation may be local or remote. The Board further voted to amend the DXCC rules to establish the same requirement for that program.

The Board voted to add a QRP Single Operator subcategory for the ARRL RTTY Roundup.

Reports

In his report to the Board, CEO Michel expressed concern that the number of new amateur licenses was down, and, if the trend continues, it could pose a potential risk to ARRL. Michel told the Board that Headquarters staff will move forward with a new On The Air magazine aimed toward new licensees. “Keeping new amateurs engaged with a publication geared toward the newcomer is a primary goal,” Michel explained. He added that the new podcast So Now What? is off to a good start with encouraging response.

Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM, told the Board that ARRL’s investment portfolio returns were in line with approximated market returns in the equity and credit markets, but he remains concerned that the markets are richly priced in an underlying economic environment that is starting to show some signs of strain.

Chief Financial Officer Diane Middleton, W2DLM, reported that the League continues to have a financially strong balance sheet and generated a larger-than-expected gain from operations through June 30. Total revenues were greater than forecast, while expenses were lower than forecast. Cash flow also continued to be healthy.

Censure Rescinded

The Board acted to rescind its public censure of ARRL Southwestern Division Director Richard Norton, N6AA. The censure action, taken at a special Board meeting in November 2017, was based on Norton’s alleged violation of the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors, adopted in January of that year and itself since rescinded.

Minutes of the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting are available on the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/201920of%20Directors/Final20July%202019.pdf.

Parks on the Air

Parks on the Air - now in England

This scheme started out from an ARRL event to activate all the National Parks in the USA, during a year. So many Radio Amateurs became involved that following the year there was a high level of interest in working from National Parks. As a result Parks on the Air was born.

In some ways it is similar very to SOTA (summits on the Air), with parks being a lot more accessible, and with Parks on the Air (POTA) you can, I understand, work from a motor vehicle.

POTAs main website is at https://parksontheair.com/ everything you might expect is there, however there is currently very little information on what is happening from a point of view of England, this I am sure will be resolved by Andy 2E0UAW who is the English Administrator. Scotland and Wales being separate, so there are at least a couple of Job opportunities.

As with SOTA you have activators and chasers (hunters in POTA terms), you are required to make at least 10 QSOs in any mode you like, however as you would expect you can not use a land based repeater, however, you can make contact via a satellite (this could be useful if you park you are operating is down in a valley).

You can’t just operate any old park it has to be on the POTA database, and this in England mainly applies to National Parks, Country Parks, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) like the Lincolnshire wolds for example.

The English Location details can be found at https://stats.parksontheair.com/reports/park-info-select.php?entity=England

Parks on the Air, as you would expect has a facebook site and there is some activity on twitter, surprisingly they also use slack and once you have registered on the POTA site you can get details on how to join the slack channels.

Ham radio at Exmouth's Coastwatch station

The Exmouth Journal reports radio amateurs will be transmitting to the world from Exmouth's coastwatch station later this month

On Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution will be hosting its annual radio event.

Watchkeepers Alan Campbell M3HXS and Anthony Howell-Jones M0THJ will let fellow radio operators know about the work of Exmouth NCI.

Mr Campbell, an amateur radio operator since 2002, said: 'If atmospheric and weather conditions are right, we could be talking with folks as far away as the United States.
"It's great to be able to explain to people in countries that don't have the equivalent of a Coastwatch who we are and what we do."

Mr Campbell and Mr Howell-Jones will be using the call sign GB8NCI to transmit and will be joined by members of the Exmouth Amateur Radio Club.

The event is open to the public and runs from 10am until 8pm both days.

Source Exmouth Journal
https://www.exmouthjournal
.co.uk/news/exmouth-coastwatch-to-host-annual-radio-event-1-6211661

 

 

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Band conditions on 75 last night were amazing, quiet and great propagation. I was talking to guys in Texas and Florida like they were next door....Ham video on Zumspot.....Catch and release program in NH not working.....How would you lie to be on this plane waiting to take off?.....Russia says "shit happens" in regard to nuclear missile explosion...This is what should scare us all, potential home grown terrorists....

Propaganda and insults on 7055 kHz

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports every day for the past 5 years licensed radio amateurs from Ukraine and Russia have been insulting each other on 7055 kHz LSB

Playbacks of Broadcast Station transmissions have also been heard on the frequency.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 July 2019 newsletter can be read at
http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2019/news1907.pdf

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
https://www.sigidwiki.com/wiki/Category:Military

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at
http://peditio.net/intruder/bluechat.cgi

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at
http://www.websdr.org/

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)
https://www.iarums-r1.org/

Caroline North August

We hope the sun will be shining down on the river Blackwater for the August Caroline North broadcast LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge over the weekend 17th - 18th.

This broadcast sees former Laser 558 DJ Tommy Rivers making his first appearance on a radio-ship in 34 years!

So join Tommy and the rest of our on-board presenters as they bring you some of the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Our sponsor for the August broadcast is the UK's leading Private Jet Charter retailer Rush Jets.

Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM via Manx Radio in the North and North-West, online here, on your mobile, on smart speakers … so many ways to listen!

We would love to hear from you – please send your emails direct to the Ross studios at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk during the broadcast.

Radio Caroline
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk
 

FAN BREAKS BACK BUT GRADUATES BY AID OF RADIO

From the Oakland Tribune of March 11, 1923:

SAN YSIDRO, Calif., March 10 — There is not an amateur up and down the Pacific Coast who will not cut in and answer when he hears amateur radio station 6ZH calling.

These call letters, meaningless to so many radio fans, have a deeper significance in the hearts of dot-and-dash amateurs. They know that 6ZH is the only one among them who has the right to be lonely. “How are things tonight?” they say. Sometimes they pause for a lengthy chat. Their reward, though unseen, is a smile lighting up the face on a pillow thousands of miles away.

At the word of greeting a hand will reach to the bedside and fondle an old brass key. There is a splutter, the tubes light up, and singing back through the ether comes 6ZH’s answer: “Fine, Old Man. How are you?”

Down on his luck, but what of that? — 6ZH Lester Picker, District Superintendent of the American Radio Relay League, has brought the whole world to his bedside and you will find him there in the evening with his chin up, talking to his pals of the A.R.R.L. along the coast.

He knows most of them, the amateurs, from Vancouver to the Gulf and now and then he will seek out an old friend to the banks of the Mississippi. There is fun in distance when you measure your own movements by inches. If there is anyone who can get action out of his [illegible], Picker and his signal is like the crack of the whip.

There is much to take into account, of course, if it were not for amateur radio in the first place. Picker would not be lying there with that ache in his back, but still, if it were not for radio, life would be lonely.

And, yes, here is another thing, too: it was amateur radio that enabled Picker to be graduated with the rest of his class at the Roosevelt Memorial High School in San Diego. The accident happened only a short time before the exercises and he was due to receive his diploma with the rest.

A rather difficult situation, you might think, for a chap whose back was broken, yet the seemingly impossible was accomplished and not only is the diploma hanging on the wall, where 6ZH can glance at it proudly, but he also gave an address from the platform of the auditorium. The chair where Picker was to sit with his classmates was vacant, but who will say he was not there? At a word from Principal T. A. Russell, someone telephoned a San Diego amateur, who relayed the message by radio to 6ZH; a switch was thrown in and a hush fell over the auditorium, while the eyes of those present turned toward a big horn on the stage.

“Picker,” thought his classmates, and listened carefully. In the next few minutes, there was no other sound except Picker’s voice, not until he signed off, at least, with his customary “Goodnight, Station 6ZH.”

Even on this eventful night, he clung to his old familiar call, and in the interval, he told of the pleasure which it gave him to be graduated with the others in his class and expressed the hope that he might join sometime his mates of ’23 and talk over experiences.

And now you must wonder why Picker did not fill the chair on the platform that night. One day he was installing a new 55-foot mast at his new station and the guy wires broke. “Radio again,” you say.

But now you know why the amateur radio “ops” listen when he calls.

And finally, from the "A.R.R.L. Events" column of the Woodland (Calif.) Daily Democrat, March 18, 1925:

Lester Picker, 6ZH, has received his O. W. L. S. appointment and has already begun to sign his wavelength after communications.

Youth and Amateur Radio

Belgium's UBA reports the best way to keep amateur radio alive is to arouse young people's interest in our wonderful hobby

A translation of the UBA post reads:

On Wednesday, July 31, ON4ALY, ON5ZO, ON6FC, ON4PC and ON4AAA, initiated young people into the wonderful world of radio and radio waves at the Fablab of Astertechnics in Geraardsbergen.

Within the weekly organization of Fablab where the 9 to 12 year olds learned what 3-D printing, laser cutting, programming and robotics is; they could finally get started with radio. They were with twelve boys and girls to craft a mole key and to find out more about Samuel Morse and the Morse code.

The meticulous soldering of an FM radio also generated enormous enthusiasm when listening to their favorite radio station on their self-made radio. The experimentation went even further afterwards, which meant that some mums and dads called that same evening to ask if the son or daughter's radio could work again. No problem, the volunteers from the NNV and GBN sections did this and everyone had a well-functioning mini radio afterwards.

Results Posted for USA, IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships in North Carolina

The results of the 19th USA ARDF Championships and 10th IARU Region 2 ARDF Championships in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) are now in the record books. The joint event was held earlier this month in North Carolina. Results from these championships will factor into the equation to determine the makeup of ARDF Team USA at the 20th ARDF World Championships, set for September 2020 in Serbia.

Separate youth and adult courses ensured regulation courses for foxhunters of all ages, with 36 competitors from the US. Visiting competitors from Australia, Germany, and China practiced and competed alongside Team USA hopefuls. Competitors ranged in age from 8 to 73. Adult and youth championships were held simultaneously in William B. Umstead State Park, with their separate events held on opposite radio bands to avoid interference.

Events began on August 1, with Foxoring, a combination of radio direction finding and classic orienteering on 80 meters, followed the next day with the sprint event. The classic 2-meter and 80-meter adult and youth competitions took place on August 3 and 4.  complete article at ARRL

TUESDAY EDITION: Hacked again, second time since I changed servers. ....Boxboro Hamfest coming up fast and I see rooms are still available at the hotel.....

New England Area   Ham - Electronic Flea Market 
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except "____"

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2019                                                    Contact          Source     
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3 Aug Milo ME PARC @Kiwanis                       George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A

3 Aug Cent Ossipee NH LRRA @TownHall $5B $10/T     Shawn KC1DNA 603 235 5360  +

10 Aug St Albans VT STARC @Elks                    Arnold N1ARN 802 782 6650  

17 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @FG $5@7 $10/TG@6:30           Eric      413 743 9975 F

18 August Cambridge MA           Flea at MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F
                        Third Sunday April thru October
			       
25 Aug Newtown CT CARA @TownHall $7@8 $20/T          John W1JGM 203 417 0160  

7 Sept Windsor CT VR+CMus Antique                   John        860 803 5530  

7-8 Sept Boxboro MA NEHamXposition B$18              Mike K1TWF  978 456 5031 +

8 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCARA @FG                    Peter W2BEW 518 893 7484 A

15 Sept Cambridge MA             Flea at MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F

21 Sep Alexander ME StCVARC @ FARA @ElSch       Mitchael KB1GEO 207 214 0126 A+

28 Sept Brookline NH NEARC antique                              603 772 7516  

6 Oct Queens NY HOSARC @HOS                     Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599   

11,12 Oct Deerfield NH NEARfest XXVI @FG             Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235  +

13 Oct Meriden CT Nutmeg @Sheradon             John Bee N1GNV : 203 440-4973 A

20 October Cambridge MA          Flea at MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 

27 Oct Hicksvile NY LIMARC @LevitHall$6@9+$22/T@7 Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A

2 Nov Gales Ferry CT TCARC @FireCo auction           Tom WA2RYV 860 464 6555

2 Nov Bourne MA FARA  @CC Voc Sch                   Ralph N1YHS 508 548 0422 A+

7 Dec Windsor CT VR+CMus @8 Antique                        John 860 803 5530  

JT9 Activity Days - 'Make haste slowly'

Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,

We invite fans of digital modes of radio communication to JT9 Activity Days 'Make haste slowly' which will take place from 00:00 UTC Saturday August 24 to 23:59 UTC Sunday August 25, 2019 on all HF-bands from 160 to 10 meters. Repeated QSO can be made on different bands.

The obligatory condition of each QSO is to preserve in adif file of the Log: the received locator. The occupied places will be distributed according to the sum of the distances to correspondents. The result of each participant in the totals will be presented in the overall standings, including separately by bands.

We announce the following prize contests:
• 'A picture is worth a thousand words' - The winner of the contest will be awarded RDRC pennant for the largest number of QSOs with correspondents who are at a distance of more than 10.000 kilometers.
If the number of QSO is equal for two or more participants, when determining the winner the sum of the distances will be taken into account first, and then the number of bands on which these QSOs were made.

• 'As the call, so the echo' - One pennant of the RDRC will be drawn in a lottery between the participants in this competition with a result of over 100,000 kilometers.

• 'Half a loaf is better than no bread' - One pennant of the RDRC will be drawn in a lottery between the participants in this competition who will show the best results on each of the bands.

Certificates of JT9 Activity Days 'Make haste slowly' in electronic form will be reawarded with all participants at whom the sum of distances up to correspondents will exceed 50.000 kilometers.

All certificates for contests and days of activity, since 2019, are loading on site http://awards.rdrclub.ru/certificate/

Reports in adif-format (.adi) should be sent to e-mail address
01-10(at)rdrclub.ru before 23:59 UTC on August 30, 2019. The report file should be named by your callsign (for example RK3DSW.adi). In your letter specify the last name, first name, patronymic, postal home address.

We are waiting for you on August 24 and 25 on the band frequencies for JT9!

JT9 Activity Days 'Make haste slowly' RULES:
http://www.rdrclub.ru/dni-aktivnosti-rtsrk/825-jt9-activity

73! - Russian Digital Radio Club

Ham radio at Fort Langley

The Aldergrove Star reports on the amateur radio activation of the Fort Langley National Historic Site as part of Canadian National Parks On the Air

The newspaper says:

A broadcast tower sitting in the orchard of the Fort Langley National Historic Site (FLNHS) helped make history earlier this summer – for the very first time, amateur radio sent out a call from the Parks Canada location.

For the entire 2019 year, amateur radio groups have been invited to set up in parks all across the country to send broadcasts around the world and make contact with other operators.

The initiative, Canadian National Parks On the Air, is the brainchild of a small group of Ham radio operators from Halifax that wanted to help spread the country’s beauty and get people connecting.

With the support of Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) and Parks Canada, the communications experiment launched in January of this year.

Read the full story at
https://www.aldergrovestar.com/community/coming-to-you-live-from-fort-langley/

Ham radio in Maharashtra floods relief effort

The Republic World reports amateur radios and drones were brought in to assist rescue operations in the aftermath of the Maharashtra floods

Rescue and relief operation in Western Maharashtra are in full swing as several places are battling a severe deluge that has engulfed the place. Republic TV spoke to rescue teams present in Kolhapur's Narasoba Wadi.

Since last five days, Narsoba Wadi Village has been submerged following which multiple teams from the NDRF and Indian Navy have been summoned to transport supplies and relief material to the 5000 people who are stranded in different locations. Apart from the food and medicine supplies, doctors have also been brought in. Talking to Republic TV, one of the officials present on site said that boats have been sent for a recee:

In addition, the rescue teams are also using HAM radios in order to establish proper communication channel. The teams will set up a base station from where information will be channeled.

"Once the base station is setup, it will be connected with all HAM radios here. It will be easy for us to communicate with the teams." the official added

Read the full story at
https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/general-news/maharashtra-floods-ham-radios-and-drones-brought-in-to-assist-rescue-operations

ARRL Board Confers Awards

At its second meeting of 2019, the ARRL Board of Directors conferred several awards. The Board met July 19 – 20 in Windsor, Connecticut, with President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chairing.

Philip J. McGan Award

The Board, with the recommendation of the Public Relations Committee and the concurrence of the Programs and Services Committee, bestowed the 2019 Philip J. McGan Award on John Wells, W4CMH, of Fort Myers, Florida. The Award goes each year to an individual who works to convey the story of Amateur Radio to media outlets and encouraging media to cover stories on emergency communications during hurricanes in southwestern Florida, the quest of using Amateur Radio to search for clues in the disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart, the engagement of youth in talking to an astronaut through the ARISS program, and the importance of Field Day as an annual event to help operators enhance their skills in emergency operations.

“ARRL particularly appreciates a Public Information Officer who successfully promotes all aspects of Amateur Radio so both officials and the public at large can better understand the many contributions Amateur Radio makes to education, public safety and recreation,” the Board said.

ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award

The Board designated Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, to receive the 2019 ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award, which each year recognizes a distinguished Section Manager. Scott also has served as a Section Emergency Coordinator. The Board said Yonally “is tireless in his efforts to be present and visible all over the state, representing the ARRL and Amateur Radio with a positive and forward-thinking attitude.” The Board also noted that Yonally edits the monthly Ohio Section Journal and a weekly edition Postscript to provide Ohio Section ARRL members with the latest information on happenings throughout the League and the Ohio Section. Yonally also was at the forefront of improving ARES in his Section by identifying and initiating the early the need for FEMA NIMS training, and he’s been a valuable resource in the development and implementation of the ARES-Connect initiative, the Board said.

Technical Innovation Award

The success of the FT8 digital mode prompted the Board to grant the 2019 ARRL Technical Innovation Award to the FT8 development team, led by Joe Taylor, K1JT, and Steve Franke, K9AN. The Board said FT8 has “proven effective for all amateurs” and has “proved to be effective” in times of poor propagation, revolutionizing many aspects of ham radio.

Technical Service Award

The Board conferred the 2019 Technical Service Award jointly on Alan Applegate, K0BG; and Hector Morales, NP3IR. This award recognizes a radio amateur whose service to the Amateur Community and/or society at large is of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio technical activities. Applegate was honored for his expertise in mobile Amateur Radio activity. In 2004, he created “A Website for Mobile Amateur Radio Operators” that has become one of the most successful in Amateur Radio, including many articles covering every facet of mobile operation from antennas to wiring. Affectionately referred to as “The Professor” by many of those he has helped teach and train, Morales was cited for his “legacy of providing educational, training and support activities to the amateur community in Puerto Rico” and for being instrumental in translating and developing teaching materials in Spanish for the amateurs of Puerto Rico, including training manuals. He’s also been involved in developing emergency communication training.

Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Technical Excellence Award

The Board conferred the 2019 Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Technical Excellence Award to Rudy Severens, N6LF, of Cottage Grove, Oregon. A well-known author on antenna topics and a technical resource, Severens authored the article “Insulated Wire and Antennas” for the March/April 2018 issue of QEX. The Board’s Program and Services Committee concurred with the recommendation of the ARRL editorial staff in designating Severens as the award’s recipient.

Amateur Radio Centurion Award

The Board recognized three recipients of the Amateur Radio Centurion Award. These included:

  • Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, SK, who was saluted on the occasion of his 100th birthday for his almost half-century of continuous activity in the ARRL Field Organization as an Official Observer, an as Official Emergency Station and Official Relay Station, and as the 2012 George Hart Service Award recipient. Nitsch, the first Centurion Award recipient, died on August 5.

     

  • Charles “Cliff” Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina, believed to be the oldest active radio amateur in the US at age 107. He remains active in two radio clubs in his area.

     

  • Ted Zulkowski, K2JMY, of Poughkeepsie, New York, on the occasion of his 100th birthday, who is actively involved with several local radio clubs including the Mount Beacon Amateur Radio Club and the QSY Society and is an accomplished DXer. He participates in many events, including ARRL Field Day and always takes time to mentor new hams, the Board resolution noted. 

MONDAY EDITION: I was listening on 75 last night to several different rag chews last night and one in particular was being interfered with using a "woodpecker" device to tune up an amp and save the tube. This elite ham jammed for over three hours continuously, every time I checked the frequency it was going. It didn't stop hams from communicating but it was annoying. Don't you wonder what kind of world class knob head would spend his night jamming and beating the shit out of his amplifier? It sure as hell wasn't an Ameritron amp!....

Chinese satellite DSLWP-2 (Longjian-2) gives RF spectrum of Earth seen from Moon

According to reports in the Chinese media (see for example http://www.ccnovel.com/bolan/2019-08-03/133863.html ) the Chinese microsatllite DSLWP-2 which had been orbiting the Moon has now been crashed into it having completed the mission.

This mission included mapping RF interference from the Earth by studying its occlusion by the Moon during lunar orbit.

The Chinese press report (in google translate)  that "The main goal of the ultra-long wave detector is to use the lunar natural occlusion of the Earth's radio frequency interference, and to verify the technology of ultra-long wave astronomical observation and solar radiation research. The detector detects the radiation spectrum at different positions of the lunar orbit, acquires the 1-30MHz ultra-long-wave continuum of the lunar orbit, completes the earth radio interference survey, and also carries out various types of moon-covering tests, and carries out various key technologies for payload. verification."

Figure 1 below, taken from the Chinese Press, shows "Distribution Characteristics of Earth's Interference Spectrum in the 1-30MHz Band Obtained by Longjiang No.2"

D4C Contest team set up new 432 MHz station on Cape Verde Islands

So far in 2019, the D4C contest team off the west coast of Africa have made some pretty amazing contacts on 144 MHz using the call D41CV. Many of these contacts to the Caribbean and Europe were well in excess of 4000 kms in distance.

The D4C team have recently announced that they are now active on 432 MHz (70cms).

"We are now capable to be active on #70cm #432Mhz #uhf using a 16 El yagi "Pinocchio" model (wooden boom) home made. Transverter connected to @FlexRadioSystem 6600M driving a solid state PA running 100W seems working as we have worked on SSB loc IM66 for 3000 km dx #hamradio"

This now raises the possibility of new records being set on this UHF band.

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'Ham in a Day' Returns:
Propagation Forecast Bulletin #32 de K7RA:
'Godfather' of Ham Radio in Spartanburg County (W4NTO) Dies at 100:
57th Annual Hamfest to Take Place at New Baptist Church on August 10:
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DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #31:
Just Ahead In Radiosport:
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So Now What? Podcast:

WEEKEND EDITION: What a beauty weather wise predicted for the weekend...boating and beaching. ....Norm pointed out to me something about the new OO program being rolled out. You must be an ARRL member to be considered, interesting huh! Nothing about that in the agreement between the FCC and ARRL, just a little twist the ARRL threw in......

FCC Fines North Carolina Man for Unauthorized and Misleading Public Safety Transmissions

The FCC this week issued a $39,278 Forfeiture Order against Ocean Hinson of Surry County, North Carolina, for intentional misuse of a local public safety radio communications network, in violation of §301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

“Mr. Hinson impersonated first responders in unauthorized radio communications on Surry County’s licensed public safety frequency,” the FCC said. “On October 17, 2017, Surry County officials, responding to a fire alarm triggered at a local residence, transmitted a request for a unit from the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Hinson, posing as ‘Westfield VFD Unit 7331,’ responded, using the mobile radio in his personal vehicle and stated that he was en route to the scene of the alarm. Approximately 4 minutes later, Mr. Hinson…cancelled the call. As a result of these two transmissions, no real first responder investigated the triggered residential fire alarm. Fortunately, no fire actually occurred at the scene of the alarm.”

Foundations of Amateur Radio

It broke and now what?

Imagine you're a new amateur. You've woken up in the middle of the night because insomnia seems like a good way to use amateur radio as an excuse to get on air and make some noise. You turn on the radio, key up the transmitter and the next thing you know it's dark. The breaker that powers your radio popped and there's no more glow coming from the hardware that's warming up your shack.

You get up, reset the breaker, tighten up your dressing gown and switch on your gear. You sit down and key up. Pop, darkness.

What do you do next?

The first thing to realise is that there is something wrong. That might sound obvious, the radio just tripped the breaker and it went off, but sometimes it's not that obvious, sometimes there's something wrong, but it's not nearly as clear as light and dark. For example, you might key up and the SWR goes high. You might not even notice if your radio is set to monitor the power output, or the automatic gain control that indicates how well your audio is going out.

The point is that noticing that something is wrong is a matter of paying attention. Just sitting there all dumb and happy, mashing the microphone is going to cost money or cost something else one day when you stop paying attention.

So, finding out what's wrong starts with noticing that something is amiss.

If you've been clued in that something is broken, and you're not standing next to your radio with a fire extinguisher, or tears running down your cheeks because you just blew up your new radio, you can move onto the next part of this little adventure.

One thing to note is that it's really easy to make it worse at this point. Making it worse arrives in all manner of different ways, pain, either physical, RF burns, smoke, sparks, or mental like the emptying of your wallet when it goes pear-shape.

The art of troubleshooting is the process of attempting to learn what's going on. Some people know instinctively how to do this, others just wiggle stuff, unplug stuff and hope for the best. Hoping for the best is not the best plan.

One of the most basic aspects of troubleshooting, of trying to figure out what's happened, is to document what you find. Write it down. I know you're going to skip this, but it's going to bite you and then you'll be sorry and I'll be here telling you that I told you so. So write it down. Be meticulous. In case you're wondering, you're doing this for your own benefit, not my sense of curiosity. If you measure a value now and it's 7 Ohm and you change something and then you measure again and it's 23 Ohm, if you didn't write it down, you'll never know. Especially if the two measurements are a week apart.

Next basic concept is to change as little as possible, preferably one thing at a time. That's easy for me to say while your reptilian hind-brain is currently attempting to decide between whom to murder first and how fast to run. There is a tendency during panic to wildly wave your hands about and fiddle with lots of stuff. The urge to do that is strong. Resist that urge with all that you have. Again, you're going to ignore that and I'm going to stifle my I told you so chant, but less is more. This is important. If you change two things, you've just doubled the possible causes. If you change three, there are now six different causes and if you change four things, we're up to 24 different versions of the problem. Keep it simple.

Third concept is to test things. The smaller the test, the better. For example, you're connected to the right antenna, right? The power supply is giving out the right voltage, right? The squelch is open, right? The microphone is plugged in, right? Test each of those, one at a time. The more you troubleshoot, the more this list will come naturally. Right now you're probably cursing me for not supplying you with a ready-made list. That's because my shack is nothing like yours, not even a little bit. Also, your shack keeps changing. Besides we're learning the skill of troubleshooting and I already know how to do that. Mind you, truth be told, I've been known to make mistakes too, so there's that.

Forth concept is about testing gear. There is a tendency within our community to buy gadgets. The more the better, a volt meter, an ohm meter, an ammeter, an SWR meter, an oscilloscope, a VNA, a what-ever. The more toys the better. While toys, uh tools, help, they're not the answer to every question. You have a more fundamental issue to deal with. Garbage in equals garbage out. If you measure ohms, but needed volts, there's no helping you. So, instead of focussing on what new tool to acquire, focus on what measurement you need to make to prove that something works, or doesn't.

The process of troubleshooting doesn't come naturally to everyone. I know, I've seen some very panicked people break some very expensive hardware, seen full-bright scholars make bonehead mistakes and heard stories of physicists narrowly avoiding electrocution, so don't be shy when you say that you're not sure how to really do troubleshooting.

You can learn. We all did, me included.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

A new source of space radiation

As if astronauts didn't have enough to worry about. Researchers at UCLA using NASA's THEMIS spacecraft have identified a new source of space radiation.

A natural particle accelerator embedded in Earth's own magnetic field is shooting "killer electrons" at satellites and departing spacecraft.

Their research is highlighted on today's edition of Spaceweather.com.

Delaware Radio Amateur Earmarks WWROF Contribution for Youth Contesting Initiatives

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) has announced receipt of a $25,000 donation from contester Charles “Chick” Allen, NW3Y, of Seaford, Delaware. His contribution will be used at the discretion of the WWROF Board of Directors to promote and enhance youth involvement in contesting, WWROF said in announcing the contribution.

“It is truly an honor to work with WWROF by providing support for one of Amateur Radio’s greatest needs — encouraging youth to discover and enjoy radiosport in new and creative ways,” Allen said.

WWROF Chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, thanked Allen for his generosity. “On behalf of the WWROF, I want to express our gratitude for Chick’s donation and am excited about what it will mean for the future of contesting,” 

VK3DX active for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

The Standard newspaper reports Warrnambool radio amateurs will be operating VK3DX from Portland's Whalers Bluff lighthouse on August 17-18 as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

Greg McNamara VK3UT said the event was held on the third weekend of August every year, with Warrnambool Amateur Radio Group members spending two days chatting to enthusiasts from more than 100 stations.

He said locals visitors, tourists and scout groups also attended the event.

Read the full story at
https://www.standard.net.au/story/6296187/amateur-radio-group-back-on-the-airwaves/

Ham Radio Magazine Cofounder, Publisher Skip Tenney, W1NLB, SK

Ham Radio Magazine cofounder and publisher Skip Tenney, W1NLB, of Francestown, New Hampshire, died on August 4 after a period of declining health. He was 89. In 1968, Tenney and Jim Fisk, W1DTY (SK), joined forces to publish Ham Radio Magazine, which was published for 23 years.

Tenney launched the spin-off Ham Radio Report, edited by Joe Schroeder, W9JUV (SK), a weekly Amateur Radio newsletter, and in 1978, Ham Radio Publishing Group started Ham Radio HORIZONS, aimed at a more general ham radio readership.

Ham Radio Publishing Group was sold to CQ Communications in 1990, and in his retirement, Tenney was a farmer in Vermont and New Hampshire. — Thanks to Craig Clarke, K1QX

World Scout Jamboree Ham Radio Balloon Crosses Atlantic

An APRS Amateur Radio balloon, call sign NA1WJ-5, launched from the recent World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, has floated across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Scouting Magazine blog reports: “You can reach practically any corner of the globe via Amateur Radio. That’s the message K2BSA wanted to show Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree. Those in the Amateur Radio association launched four Mylar balloons from the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, in hopes that one would catch the jet stream and end up on the other side of the world. One did.”

Each balloon, approximately 3 feet in diameter, was equipped with GPS and a ham radio transmitter and solar panels. The combination of devices could relay weather, movement, and location information. Each helium-filled balloon was capable of attaining an altitude of between 28

Former ARRL Headquarters Staff Member John Nelson, K0IO (ex-W1GNC), SK

Former HQ staffer John Nelson, K0IO (ex-W1GNC), of Kellogg, Iowa, died on August 4. An ARRL Life Member, he was 72. Over his 25 years (1970 – 1995) on the Headquarters staff, Nelson served as circulation manager, deputy publications manager, and planning and financial analysis manager. He curated the former ARRL lobby display of vintage radio artifacts.

In an article published last year about the 80th anniversary of the Newton (Iowa) Amateur Radio Association, Nelson told the Newton Daily News that he first became interested in ham radio by reading a copy of CQ Magazine at a store when he was in 6th grade.

A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Nelson was vice president and an active member of the Newton Amateur Radio Association, and an active storm spotter. “Ham radio was truly his passion,” his sister Ellen Pierson, said. After retiring, he pursued a second career publishing books related to the history of the Rock Island Railroad, but he kept in touch with several of his former ARRL colleagues on the air and via email.

“John was always there to help, in his relatively soft-spoken way,” said ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, who had worked with Nelson.

Ninth YOTA Summer Camp Gets Under Way on August 11

Up to 80 young radio amateurs, primarily from IARU Region 1 but including participants from other parts of the world, will gather in Bulgaria on August 11 for the ninth annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp. Special call sign LZ19YOTA will be on the air during the weeklong event, hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA).

The event offers an opportunity for the participants to foster international friendships and goodwill and learn new Amateur Radio skills. The main theme will be “train the trainer” (TTT). Participants will be working on the future of Amateur Radio and be involved in workshops to gain skills to start similar ham radio youth events when they get back home.

“We are aiming to create a snowball effect,” the YOTA announcement said. “There will be more and more YOTA events all over the world. This also allows other youngsters and newcomers to enjoy Amateur Radio.”

Activities will include kit building and an opportunity to visit the surrounding region, including the ACOM amplifier factory. QSL LZ19YOTA via the bureau to LZ1BJ.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2180 for Friday August 9th, 2019

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2180 with a release date of Friday, August 9th 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams provide critical communications during a major fire in Arizona. Radio Caroline sets sail on the HF bands -- and the space station pays tribute to a pioneering Silent Key. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2180 comes your way right now.

ARIZONA HAMS AID COMMUNICATIONS DURING MASSIVE FIRE

NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with word of successful ham response in the face of a major fire that whipped through northern Arizona. The blaze, known as the Museum Fire for its proximity to two major area museums, spread the flames well beyond 50 acres spurring the activation of the Coconino (Coca-Nino) County Amateur Radio Club's emergency operations. The blaze eventually grew to cover more than 500 acres. The club's public information officer Dan Shearer N7YIQ noted on the group's website that the club's ARES members staffed the county Emergency Operations Center providing communications as aircraft and special firefighting teams were called in to help contain the blaze. He said that the club's personnel provided more than 250 hours of radio support. By the 26th of July, however, the ARES volunteers were placed on standby. By the 5th of August, the blaze was declared 93 percent contained but not before it had covered nearly 2,000 acres.

A PLEA FOR AMATEUR RADIO FROM MOUNT ATHOS

NEIL/ANCHOR: A special plea to the amateur radio community has come from a monk living at the monastery on Mount Athos in Greece. Jason Daniels VK2LAW has more on that story.

JASON: A plea for support has been issued to the global amateur radio community from Monk Iakovos SV2RSG, a member of the same monastery on Mount Athos where the well-regarded DXer Monk Apollo SV2ASP/A lived before becoming a Silent Key in May of this year. Hoping to provide emergency communications and other radio contacts from the 20th most wanted DXCC entity, Monk Apollo had become a ham in 1988 but he was unable to get on the air for another two years while he awaited approval from the Holy Council.

Posting on Sunday August 4th in the QR Zed Forums, Monk Iakovos said he was writing to affirm the validity of his amateur radio license with the appropriate government authorities but noted that the monastery itself has traditionally had no involvement or concern in amateur radio activities. He wrote that Mount Athos has been going through what he called {quote} "a time period of total radio silence and relevant activity," {endquote} largely because the Holy Community fails to understand the value of amateur radio.

He wrote: {quote} "With the status of a Holy Mount Athos Monk and as a Radio Amateur at the same time, I invite and urge you and all those who love Mount Athos and the tradition of Amateur Radio to join our hearts and voices in sending letters or emails of support in spirit of respect to the Holy Community." {endquote} It is his hope that amateur radio on Mount Athos will not end with the death of Monk Apollo.

SILENT KEY: SWISS SHORTWAVE's BOB THOMANN HB9GX

NEIL/ANCHOR: A star of Swiss shortwave radio, where he was a beloved radio host for decades, has become a Silent Key. Here's Robert Broomhead VK3DN with details.

ROBERT: The founder of the Swiss Shortwave Merry-Go-Round which aired during the 1950s on SBC/Swiss Radio International, has become a Silent Key. Bob Thomann HB9GX died on the 3rd of August. Writing on the Shortwave Listening Post, his former colleague Bob Zanotti HB9ASQ told of the years when their on-air partnership was known as "The Two Bobs," a radio team on Swiss Radio International that lasted for nearly a quarter century until 1994. He said that Bob maintained a constant presence on the show and even when he was hospitalized during the 1980s, he went on the air courtesy of a telephone hookup.

Archives of the show can still be heard on his website switzerlandinsound dot com (switzerlandinsound.com). Bob Zanotti called the collection a memorial to his friend and colleague. He wrote: {quote} "I will always fondly remember those golden days we shared together." {endquote} Bob Thomann would have celebrated his 91st birthday in September.

SILENT KEY: RADIO 'GODFATHER' FRITZ NITSCH W4NTO

NEIL/ANCHOR: A well-decorated World War II veteran and a Morse Code enthusiast known as the "godfather of ham radio in Spartanburg County, South Carolina" has become a Silent Key.

Reynold Lepage "Fritz" Nitsch W4NTO, a four-time winner of the Bronze Star for his military service, died at his home on the 5th of August according to the Spartanburg County Community Emergency Response Team. As a young soldier, Fritz's earliest assignment had been to conduct Morse Code training at Camp Croft in Spartanburg. As a veteran who kept up his skills, his talent and love for mentoring eventually earned him the nickname of the "godfather" of hams in the county.

Fritz was the last surviving charter member of the Spartanburg Amateur Radio Club, founded in 1952. As a Red Cross volunteer, he was given the Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Volunteer Service in 1984.

Fritz was 100.

AN AMATEUR RADIO RECORD FOR INDIA

NEIL/ANCHOR: There's nothing like setting new records in ham radio and this one - for licenses - belongs to India, as John Williams VK4JJW tells us.

JOHN: Hams in India have set a new record, according to statistics from that nation's Department of Telecommunications. Tracking the number of new ham radio licences issued in the financial year 2018-2019, officials tallied a total of 1,155. They called that number a "significant increase" over the previous financial year's total of 838.

The statistics also show that 1,414 amateur radio examinations were given during the same 12-month fiscal period ending on March 31, 2019.

India has two licence classes: General and Restricted. A 20-year licence costs one thousand rupees, the equivalent of 15 U.S. dollars and a lifetime licence costs two thousand rupees, or the equivalent of 30 U.S. dollars.

RADIO CAROLINE SETS SAIL ON THE HF WAVES

NEIL/ANCHOR: A legendary home of pirate radio in the UK came alive with amateur radio recently and our own Ed Durrant DD5LP was on board. Here's his report.

ED: The Martello Tower group ran the special event call sign GB55RC last week-end to celebrate 55 years since the first UK offshore radio station, Radio Caroline went on air. The group report a good number of contacts in the log following their activation on board the Ross Revenge. The Radio Caroline ship is moored in the River Blackwater estuary in Southern England as a floating pirate radio museum.
Your own Amateur Radio Newsline reporter Ed, DD5LP was lucky to be able to book a place on the tour to and around the ship on August the 3rd when the activation was in full swing. Contacts from VK, North and South America were already in the log by Saturday afternoon and the final totals were 1699 SSB and 959 FT8 contacts.
For further coverage, please check out the upcoming feature in Edition 302 from our friends at icqpodcast.com and of course GB55RC on QRZ.COM, Martello Tower Group dot com, where Martello Tower Group is written as one word and Radio Caroline dot co dot uk on the web.

ISS EVENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO SILENT KEY WHO WAS RADIO PIONEER IN SPACE

NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams recently received some memorable images of a pioneering astronaut and amateur, thanks to the ISS and slow-scan TV. Dave Parks WB8ODF has that story.

DAVE: Using slow-scan TV, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station has ensured that the images of Owen Garriott W5LFL - the first astronaut to operate ham radio during a space mission - will live on. For four days, beginning on the first of August, ARISS hosted a global commemorative event honoring the radio operator, who became a Silent Key in April. It was his example and his influence that led to the later establishment of the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, or SAREX, that paved the way for ARISS.

Hams who received the images are eligible to receive something else: an SSTV ARISS Award which is being given to radio operators who have posted their images for viewing by the public. To view these images, which were received by hams worldwide, visit spaceflightsoftware dot com slash ARISS underscore SSTV (spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV)
sin on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

IRELAND GAINS NEW CROP OF DMR REPEATERS

NEIL/ANCHOR: Ireland is growing a new crop of DMR repeaters and the network promises great coverage, as we hear from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: As DMR's popularity continues to expand in Ireland, so too does the number of Brandmeister network repeaters that are a part of the Galway DMR Repeater Network. The new repeaters, primarily on 70cm, are Loughrea EI7LRD; Galway City EI7RHD; Abbeyknockmoy EI7AKR and Inishbofin Island EJ7IBD.

This last repeater, installed in July of this year, is the first repeater to be installed on an offshore island. According to Steve Wright EI5DD it is the only repeater with an EJ prefix. Steve said its installation coincided with the annual holiday-DXpedition of the Galway Radio Club and its participation in the IOTA contest.

The Abbeyknockmoy repeater is expected to be on the air in September.

Time Slot 1 on these repeaters is being used for international calls and TG 9 local. On Time Slot 2, the repeaters offer static talk groups 2722, 2723 and 2724, offering almost total coverage of County Galway as well as the neighbouring counties of Clare, Roscommon and Mayo.

Steve told Newsline in an email that the Galway VHF Group also runs a multimode digital gateway EI2GCD for D-STAR, DMR and Fusion and a Wires-X gateway EI2SHD. Galway has a Fusion Repeater EI2TBR which is to be placed on the same site as the EI7LRD Loughrea repeater. DMR, he said, is slowly gaining popularity in Ireland and 170 Registered operators have accessed the system during the last two and a half years.

SMALL BEACON FOUND TO HAVE BIG VIOLATION

NEIL/ANCHOR: In New Zealand, regulators tracked down - and cracked down - on registration of small beacons designed for use in emergency situations. Here's Jim Meachen ZL2BHF with more.

JIM: A Personal Locator Beacon that was transmitting on 406 MHz in New Zealand and was unregistered was successfully tracked down recently by Radio Spectrum Management's compliance team with assistance from the New Zealand Police. The life-saving tracking devices, known as PLBs, are used for distress situations only and the law requires registration of all beacons transmitting on the emergency radio frequency of 406 MHz.

New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre had requested help in finding the beacon, which also put out a homing signal on 121.5 MHz. The RSM picked up the 406 MHz transmissions about 2 km, or 1.2 miles, from the beacon's location and then detected the homing signal some 100m, or 328 feet, away.

Published reports say the police were called in because of health and safety concerns with respect to the address to where the beacon had been traced but offered no other details. Registering a beacon that uses the emergency frequency helps the Rescue Coordination Centre find the owner's information if their device is activated. Beacons can be registered for free at beacons dot org dot nz (beacons.org.nz)

FT8 DIGITAL MODE CLUB OPERATES ACTIVITY FOR 2ND ANNIVERSARY

NEIL/ANCHOR: The FT8 Digital Mode Club is as rapidly growing as the popularity of the mode it celebrates - and there's a real celebration happening this month. Kevin Trotman N5PRE tells us more.

KEVIN: The fast-growing global community known as the FT8 Digital Mode Club has grown from an initial group of 100 members in its earliest days to become a collective of 10,230 members spanning 134 countries. That's something to celebrate - and that's exactly what the club is doing between the 10th and 24th of August. Members are marking the club's second anniversary with FT8 Digital Mode Club Activity Days when stations from Bahrain and Luxembourg to Guadeloupe and Lebanon will be operating with a suffix of either FTDMC or FTDM. All logs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World and eQSL. Anniversary awards will be presented at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels - with Platinum given to radio operators who have achieved 30 QSOs with all of the commemorative stations. According to the club website, the award is available for free in digital format. For more details visit the club's website at ft8dmc dot eu (ft8dmc.eu).

RADIO SCOUTS WRAP UP 24th WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE

NEIL/ANCHOR: World Scout Jamboree is over and thousands of youngsters are looking back on an experience of a lifetime, as we learn from Bill Stearns NE4RD.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting, the 24th World Scout Jamboree and operations at NA1WJ came to a close. Over 45,000 Scouts from 150 countries and over 8,000 staff all departed the Summit Bechtel Reserve leaving behind a life experience that most Scouts will only have once in their Scouting career.

The team at NA1WJ was able to demonstrate amateur radio to over 3000 Scouts, making over 4000 QSOs and working over 80 countries. These contacts were made on HF, D-STAR, Echolink, and satellite. The team would like to thank all those who contacted the station and spent time talking to Scouts on the air. QSL request information is on the K2BSA website.

The team launched, under the expertise of Mike Cullen K1NPT, 4 high altitude balloons with APRS payloads. The two farthest traveling balloons were NA1WJ-6 which made it to Spain before going silent, and NA1WJ-7 which made it to Tunisia before going silent.

An ARISS contact was also completed where scouts signed up for a chance to ask a question of assistant Scout master and astronaut Drew Morgan. Every selected Scout that was able to make it over to the stage, was given one to two questions to ask. Over 250 attended the event which was conducted via telebridge with ON4ISS in Belgium and executed on one of the many outdoor stages at the event.

There will be a final report forthcoming that will detail out the operation and results, and will be posted on the K2BSA website.

For more information on this and radio scouting, please visit our website at k2bsa.net.

THE WORLD OF DX

In the world of DX, Gil, IZ2DLV, is operating as 8Q7GB from Nika Island in the Maldives until August 18th. Gil is operating holiday style on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog.

Operators Valdimir RV1CC and Yuri RM0F are using the call signs RV1CC/0 {zero} and RM0F/P respectively from Iturup Island beginning August 15th. They'll be on various HF bands. For QSL details visit QRZ.com.

Be listening too on the weekend of August 17th and August 18th for hams calling QRZ during International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend. Please check out ILLW dot NET on the web for additional information (illw.net).

KICKER: A VIDEO VOYAGE WITH 3Y0I TO BOUVET

NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally - With Bouvet Island reaffirmed as the second most wanted DXCC entity, what can hams do until it's time to listen again for DXpeditioners on a calling frequency? Here's Mike Askins KE5CXP with one idea.

MIKE: So you think you missed out on a chance for contact with the Bouvet Island DXpedition team Three Y Zero Eye (3Y0I)? Guess again.

You can now share 27 minutes and 19 seconds of adventure and radio with the team -- and while it's not quite a ragchew it is a valid contact of another sort. So many months later, they are back with a video called "The Road to Bouvet," a chronicle of their attempt earlier this year before their landing on remote island's western shore was scrapped by a monstrous storm and damage it caused to their vessel. They were only 70 nautical miles from their destination when they made the difficult decision to turn back.

Team member Mietek, SP3CMX, who made the video, cautions viewers - whether they get seasick or not - to simply "Buckle Up" and click on the video on the Rebel DX group's website. You'll be watching the DXpedition unfold just before the Atlantic Tuna's journey was scrapped.

No it won't earn you a QSL card but that's still not out of the question. The team has plans to set off once again later this year

Hopefully everyone is planning on participating in all 3 sessions, but if your schedule won’t allow please join us for 1 or 2 sessions.

It is also a great time to get your teams registered. Just follow the instructions on the CWOps web site on the CW Open drop down. https://cwops.org/cwops-tests/cw-open/

Ham radio operator killed when tower he was dismantling collapses


A ham radio enthusiast who took care of Manchester's public school grounds for 20 years was killed over the weekend when a radio tower he and a friend were dismantling collapsed.
Joe Areyzaga, of Goffstown, was known to his fellow ham radio enthusiasts by his call sign, K1JGA. They said he was a good friend, loving husband and father to six. His friend, Dave Bolduc, shared a photo of the two working on Bolduc's radio tower.

"You're going up, inspecting it and making sure everything looks good, bolted tight," Bolduc said. "We all have all the very appropriate gear."

Areyzaga was killed and another amateur radio friend was seriously injured when he was helping his friend dismantle his radio tower in Deerfield.


"Upon arrival, the first member from the department found two individuals entangled in what appeared to be a tower and some sort of cabling that was on the ground," Fire Chief Matt Fisher said.

The men were harnessed to a section of tower more than 40 feet up when the tower collapsed.


"They always used the utmost safety," said Areyzaga's wife, Elizabeth Areyzaga. "It was just a freak accident. It was some sort of soft spot somewhere in the tower."

His wife said her husband was a self-taught handyman who could fix anything. She said he loved his job working for Aramark and overseeing the grounds of Manchester's public schools.

"He was an incredible, incredible person, and the world will never be as bright now that he's not in it," she said.

Members of New Hampshire's tightknit ham radio community said Joe Areyzaga was someone who was always willing to help.

"He would drop anything to do anything for anybody, ham-related or not," Bolduc said.

Officials called the death a tragic accident. Fellow amateur radio enthusiasts said they hope to learn from what happened so it doesn't happen again.



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....